A Native American grinding stone was a tool used to grind various foods, such as corn or acorns, to prepare them for cooking. The stones were part of a two-piece tool set consisting of a mano and a metate.Continue Reading
The large stone metate had a bowl-like hollow that held food. The mano was held and used to grind the food against the hard surface of the metate. The resulting grounds had a mealy texture.
Some Native American tribes would use a large, communal rock for grinding, and the women of the tribe would gather to socialize while working. An example of this occurrence is the California Indian Grinding Rock in Capitol Park.Learn more about US History